remove

verb
re·​move | \ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Definition of remove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front

b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another

2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat

3 : to dismiss from office

4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs

2 : to go away

3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c

2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another

b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove

Verb

removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

clear, draw, take out, withdraw

Synonyms: Noun

distance, lead, length, spacing, spread, stretch, way

Antonyms: Verb

place, position, put

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb

Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office.

Noun

She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lithuanian authorities allege that Venckiene physically fought with police who were attempting to remove the little girl from Venckiene’s custody. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban woman who fears persecution for exposing corruption in Lithuania fails to convince judge to halt extradition," 12 July 2018 Prior to the city’s suit, SoccerCity backers asked San Diego’s Superior Court in April to order City Clerk Elizabeth Maland to remove the SDSU West plan from the ballot. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SoccerCity continues legal action against SDSU West," 13 July 2018 Our ‘rebrand’ to remove the Monsanto name when we were acquired by Bayer, plus the news cycle? Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Monsanto Executives Were Feeling Pretty Good About Current News Cycle," 12 July 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday to try to enlist Moscow’s help in getting Iran to remove its forces from Syria — or at least pull back from Israeli lines. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Netanyahu meets Putin in Russia to discuss Syria, Iran, security issues," 12 July 2018 The new requirements call for better communication with parents and tighter guidelines to safely remove flaking and peeling paint. Dylan Purcell, Philly.com, "Can Philadelphia school officials be trusted with millions in state money to clean up lead paint?," 12 July 2018 After removing the tapeworm, she was put on antiparasitic medication and fully recovered, according to Jacquier and Piroth. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Her legs were tingling. Then, doctors pulled a tapeworm out of her spine," 13 July 2018 The venue’s loose seats — about 300 of them in places like the Academy boxes — will be refurbished and made lighter by removing some wood. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 But critics worry that by removing the reference to review and disposition, FCC staff will no longer have the authority to review and act on informal complaints. Klint Finley, WIRED, "It Just Got Easier for the FCC to Ignore Your Complaints," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All this is not to suggest that Frankel worked at some remove or saw the aid as a mere transaction. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 His transformation of Tottenham is, when examined not in the heat of a moment and the bitterness of defeat but at one remove, one of the most remarkable achievements in recent English soccer history. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Pochettino Has Mastered the Process. A Prize, Any Prize, Still Eludes Him.," 21 Apr. 2018 Sweeney remembers walking outside, in the snow, hearing his own playing at a distant remove. Zach Baron, GQ, "Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk ‘Superwolf’ As the Cult Album Finally Hits Streaming Services," 28 June 2018 After all these years, maintaining this remove is your right. New York Times, "What Do I Owe My Sociopathic Sibling?," 2 July 2018 But it will be deployed in situations of human desperation, a vast remove from the land of fun. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 Director Tarik Saleh shoots the whole scene at a bit of remove, the fire reflected in both characters’ eyes. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Westworld turns things up a notch in “Phase Space”," 28 May 2018 But unique to Santa Barbara was the venue's sense of spiritual remove, magnificently enhanced by a reverberant enveloping acoustic that gave Koh's violin a lustrous aura. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Jennifer Koh and the 'Shared Madness' of coming between a violinist and her violin," 30 Apr. 2018 For decades, America’s satellites had circled Earth at a largely safe remove from the vicissitudes of geopolitics. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place

: to cause (something) to no longer exist

: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·​move | \ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.

2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.

3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·​move | \ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove 

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as

a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code

c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl \ adjective
removableness noun

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